Suisun City veterans to honor Flag Day

As reported in the Daily Republic on June 11, 2013 Manuel E. Reams Manuel E. Reams   The American Legion Reams Post 182 will honor Flag Day with the rededication of its post in honor of World War I soldier Manuel Reams and show people how to respectfully dispose of worn-out American flags. The Reams Post will start the ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday at Suisun City’s Waterfront Plaza next to Main and Solano streets. “This is one of the patriotic remembrance days that most people just ignore,” said veteran and Suisun City Fire Chief Mike O’Brien, who will serve as master of ceremonies at the event. The American Legion is rededicating its post after the recent completion of an extensive renovation of the Veterans Memorial Building on Main Street that it shares with several other veterans organizations. The soldier it is rededicating the post to, Mannie Ellsworth “Babe” Reams, 27, was killed Oct. 31, 1918, less than two weeks before the end of the war, in the Flanders region that covers northern France and western Belgium. Reams was born in Suisun City in 1890 and attended local schools before he attended college in Santa Clara and became well-known as a popular athlete. He played for a while in the Pacific Coast League before he got married, moved to Santa Rosa and settled down to raise livestock. He was drafted and became a member of the 91st Division, which trained at Fort Lewis, Wash. before being sent to France as a machine-gunner. His unit was involved in the Saint-Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives before it was transferred to help the British in the Ypres-Lys area of Flanders. The local American Legion post was formed and named in honor of Reams on Jan. 7, 1920, according to a history put together by post member Michael Brimer. Reams was initially buried in Flanders, but was reburied in Arlington National Cemetery in 1922. Residents will also learn at the ceremony about how to properly care for and honorably dispose of an American flag, O’Brien said. “The American flag has gotten to the point to where people don’t know what to do with it,” said O’Brien, whose department has the duty each fall of properly disposing of American flags that the city flies and any that residents turn in to them. “This is to remind people how to do it.” In addition to giving a history of Flag Day and how to show respect for the flag, veterans will have the ceremonial disposal of a deteriorated flag at the ceremony. With the brisk winds in Suisun City, O’Brien said flags don’t last long. “We are lucky that we can get three months out of the flags at City Hall” before the winds whip them to tatters, he said. Story originally printed and posted online with the Daily Republic with Special Thanks to: Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net Follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

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